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Beginning of the end of summer

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Bill Ritters daily take on the news.

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

Happy Summer! At 7:09 p.m., give or take a few seconds, the sun will climb to its northern most point away from the equator, making today the longest day of the year.

From here till late December, the days get shorter. Which is why - to my family's hair-pulling frustration - I like to say, on the day after the start of summer, "summer's over."

Is it me being silly, or do I have some inherent snarkiness and negativity?

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I'll let you be the judge.

Anyway, maybe you've heard some peeps saying, "summer starts tomorrow." Wrong. It starts today/tonight. Tomorrow is the first FULL DAY of summer.

I'm just summerin' - er, I mean, sayin'.

Meanwhile, in case you hadn't noticed, it's hot out there. And it's about to get hotter tomorrow. Imagine that - just as summer's starting to end!

Lee Goldberg's tracking the heat - and the likely heat wave, what with three consecutive days of more than 90-degrees predicted - and we'll have reporters out in it tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we'll have the latest in the political spitting match between Republican Congressman Darrell Issa and Pres. Obama, especially his Attorney General Eric Holder. The President today invoking the get-out-jail-free-card "executive privilege" that allows Holder to withhold hundreds of documents from Congress - and not face contempt charges for refusing to turn the docs over.

The issue is the government's botched "Fast and Furious" operation that allowed weapons bought in the U.S. to cross into Mexico.

We're also keep tabs on a serial killer expected to land tonight in New York from California to face additional charges of killing two women here in the 1970s. Rodney Alcala is on a plane right now with U.S. Marshals. He's already been convicted of killing several women in California.

And under the bonehead-of-the-day story, consider Joe The Plumber, remember him from the 2008 Presidential race? Joe Wurzelbacher (that's his real name) is making news in his bid for Congress in northern Ohio by saying he blames gun control for the Holocaust. Hitler instituted gun control in Nazi Germany, and "Joe" in a campaign video this week, seemed to blame the genocide of the Jews during World War II on that gun control.

The reaction was predictable and rapid. And overwhelmingly against the Plumber-who's-trying-to-become-a-politician.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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